WESTERN LIVING // JUNE 2017
Life on the Edge
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Hello, Sunshine This elegant-but-casual Okanagan patio might just be the perfect spot to soak up the summer. Story on page 34.
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ULTIMATE OK ANAGAN 34 // Cabin Fever
No matter how cramped the bunk bed, cold the shower or buggy the outhouse, the Canadian cabin stands as one of our country’s most cherished icons. This B.C. cottage reimagines the classic form while subtly respecting its roots.
42 // Over the Edge
This 480-square-foot cantilevered glass-and-concrete guest studio on the property of winery owner Ian MacDonald is a rather literal leap of faith over a stunning cliff in the Okanagan—and the ideal place for artists to source a little inspiration. westernliving.ca / j u n e
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WL // contents
the best of the okanagan 54 // Family Affair
Covert Farms is where four generations bring all the Valley’s bounty together.
design 23 // One to Watch
Edmonton’s Delina Wright turns scraps of wood into works of art.
24 // Shopping
Sleek sofas, sculptural light fixtures and more hot buys from across the West.
Their labours of love are the heart and soul of the Okanagan’s wine industry.
76 // Hit the Road, Jen!
Your guide to the ultimate Okanagan foodie road trip. Make sure you hit the road hungry.
78 // The 5 Best Bike
Rides in the Okanagan
25 // Openings
26 // Great Spaces
plus 80 // Sources
The white-on-white Aviary office provides inspiration for aspiring minimalists.
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74 // Meet the Garagistes
Top-notch road ride recommendations from a passionate OK cyclist.
A chic chocolate shop and more new rooms.
from Dawn to Dusk
The best restaurants, cozy wine bars and too-cool breweries in Kelowna.
28 // Outdoor Furniture We Love The perfect outdoor pieces to upgrade your patio this summer.
Get the looks you see in these pages.
82 // Trade Secrets
A blue-and-white kitchen features a bulkhead that steals the show.
Covert Farms: Evaan Kheraj; the Aviary: Ema Peter
73 // Eating K-Town
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Q& A This month we asked our contributors, how do you like to explore a new city?
Curtis Comeau “One to Watch” page 23 I enjoy exploring a downtown core on a weekday morning as the people start the day. You get a sense of how the city comes to life. To me, it’s people and an energy that really makes a city unique—not so much the man-made structures.
Gord Hotchkiss “5 Best Road Rides” page 78 I love walking tours—and I recently did just that in San Francisco. I find it’s a very intimate way to get a feel for a city at ground level. Either that or a bike tour (of course).
Behind the Scenes We won! Associate Editor Julia Dilworth and I attended this year’s Canadian Magazine Awards in Toronto, and I’m thrilled to report that we came home with the prize for Best Home Design and Decor magazine. And we’re all still celebrating, truth be told.
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HOW TO DISCOVER A CITY
I’m heading to the south of France for a couple of weeks this summer with friends, and in my planning stages, the first thing I did after booking our villa was Google “markets in Languedoc.” As I thrillingly discovered, there’s one for every day of the week in the area—so I’ve started mapping them out. I’m not sure there’s a better way to discover the culture of a region than through its food, and it’s even better if you can talk with the growers and makers themselves (thank you, Duolingo, for helping me brush up on my highschool French). I draw my inspiration from David Lebovitz—the Paris-based writer whose food philosophy is so close to my heart that this is the second time in three months I reference him on this page—who lets the market dictate what he eats for dinner each night. We’ll be doing the same in France, and, with luck, we’ll get a few stories from the sellers and suggestions on how to explore their hometowns. This month, we head to the Okanagan— home to one of this country’s greatest farmers’ markets, in Penticton—and get to know one particular farm and its farmers. Covert Farms, a fourth-generation operation in Oliver, exemplifies OK culture: they are incredible produce and wine producers, yes, but they also create community, with on-site events that range from an 800-strong obstacle course to the field dinners they host at the end of the season. As Jennifer Cockrall-King describes in her piece, “Family Affair” (page 54), the family offers a welcoming, memorable version of the Okanagan, one they’re happy to share with visitors. As I write this, the farmers’ markets here in Vancouver are just starting to open again for the season, bringing our local Fraser Valley producers into the city to chat with us face to face as we buy what they grow. I’m lucky enough to live two blocks from one in my West End neighbourhood, and as I pick up a kohlrabi, a few bunches of Lacinato kale and, of course, a flourless brownie from Purebread this weekend, I know I’m also going to pick up a little more insight into my own hometown’s backyard—direct from the source.
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SHOPPING Patio Players
We took a deep dive into all things patio and came up with our list of this year’s fab furniture essentials—starting with this chic chevron lounger.
TRAVEL Quirky, Walkable (Delicious!) Dallas
Here’s your guide to where to eat, stay and play in the big Texas city that masters the small-town vibe.
Our readers had nothing but Insta-love for this reimagined Vancouver Special (and its salvaged lumber stairs and wood screens) from One Seed Architecture and Interiors.
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When mixed with peppery arugula, lemon and garlic—and topped with Parmesan and mint leaves—fava beans are just one delicious way to top your toast.
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2017 IS THE YEAR TO GO GREEN! “Greenery” is the pantone designer colour of 2017. Green is back in every shade from spring to emerald. It’s easy to introduce just by bringing some outdoors in — try jade
DIY vs. DIFM?
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There’s a definite shift happening in home renovation and
area. Another easy step is bright new pillows, or a statement
design trends, a shift that has many of us choosing experts to
rug. If you’re feeling adventurous, paint a place that will be a
do-it-for-me. Do-it-yourself is a great choice for so many fun
smile-inducing surprise, like the inside of a closet, a door, or
projects, like a family gallery wall or creating an indoor garden
your powder room.
spot. But there are always those mind-boggling tasks that require design experience, measuring skills, installation talent and more. More and more Canadians are realizing the cost of hiring a professional compares very well to the real costs of first-time mistakes, time spent doing and redoing the job, and our own personal level of satisfaction with the final result. Summertime motto: put the pros on the jobs you keep postponing because they are just too much! (Save the fun stuff for yourself.)
Warmer and richer? Yes, please. Whatever your style, from sleek and modern to cozy and traditional, 2017 is a welcome move to a softer, richer look and feel. Think 3D fabrics. Velvet pillows. Choose organic bamboo or wood tables. And wallpaper is back, but we’re over the florals. Try marble or other sleek, contemporary finishes. Put on a little lux.
Peace out. It’s amazing what getting a little help can do to reduce your stress level. Try it - take something off your list and give it to somebody who is a rock star in the category. Yes. Do it. Seriously.
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The Panelist Delina Wright, Woodworking artist, Edmonton
Scrap wood becomes abstract art in Delina Wright’s capable hands. And the Edmonton-based designer’s skill in the art of woodworking is even more deft than it first appears. “It’s like the world’s hardest jigsaw puzzle,” she laughs. To create her pieces, Wright often spends hours plotting out a design (“If someone wants something specific, trying to transfer that into a geometric pattern can be challenging”) before mitering together found woods like spruce and pine into striking designs; for those who don’t want their artwork to fit in a frame, Wright also connects uncut scraps into one-of-a-kind formations. “I love working with my hands and finding the right shape,” she says. The pieces are DIY down to the last detail: Wright stains the wood herself using custom-mixed shades. —Maansi Pandya
Wood Works Wright pictured with one of her beautiful geometric wall hangings in her Edmonton wood shop.
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Marimekko’s Kumiseva print ($129) was created by artist Katsuji Wakisaka in the 1970s, depicting an abstract interplay of city blocks and farmers’ fields. Now reissued in an updated palette of fresh greens and pinks and sized as a floor cushion, it moves into the present. Kit, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com
Aa’s Pi Stir side table by Kroft $394, avdshoppe.com
Regular readers of WL will be familiar with Aly Velji—the Calgary designer’s playful work regularly graces our pages, and I’m personally a big fan of his creative designs. So I’m thrilled to see he’s sharing his skill for curating a great space with the general public through his new online shop. Velji’s first collection features pieces from across Canada, including his hometown (Moonshadow Macrame’s plant hangers from Calgary) and mine (Socco Design’s Moroccan decorations via Vancouver). I particularly love this Stir side table from Toronto’s Kroft—a great handmade showpiece for extra seating or display.
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The striking Black Stripe tall thrown bell ($405) by Brooklyn-based artist Michele Quan features graphic hand-painted ebony stripes on a hemp cord. Nineteen Ten Boutique, Vancouver, nineteenten.ca
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The Menu Tailor sofa (pricing on request) by designer Rui Alves was made to be viewed from all angles—all the better to see its sartorially inspired, gravity-defying construction. Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com
For their latest collection, Cole and Son collaborated with Ardmore Ceramics to produce wallpapers inspired by Africa’s exotic wildlife and lush motifs. The Narina pattern ($190.40 for an 11-yard roll) comes in six colourways, from graphic neutrals (shown) to fearless burnt orange. Through Lee Jofa, across the West, leejofa.com
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The long comeback of mid-century modern has morphed into a love of Nordic design, with its spare, mindful sensibility. The Red Thread: Nordic Design (Phaidon, $95) offers a beautifully rendered reference book, focusing on 200 emblematic objects. Indigo, across the West, chapters.indigo.ca
With a burning time of up to eight hours, CB2’s Polyterrazzo oil lamps ($30 each) will keep your patio table aglow well past dessert. CB2, Vancouver, cb2.com
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EDMONTON Fringe and Flora What began as a home business specializing in succulents—tucked into gorgeous modern designs—has now graduated to a bricks-andmortar studio in the core of downtown Edmonton. Fringe and Flora’s specialty succulent designs are presented in a carefully curated selection of chic pots. #213-10706 124th St., fringeandflora.com
VANCOUVER Nettle’s Tale Praised for swimwear designed for “the everyday woman,” Tale’s newest venture is a proper storefront that brings the suits and small-batch West Coast goods to the heart of Gastown. Stocked with apparel, accessories and camping gear—think kimono towels, chunky toques and waterproof hoodies—it’s a fashionable adventurer’s dream. 330 W Cordova St., nettlestale.com —Jorda Grundy
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EDMONTON Forge 53 From their start as an industrial metalwork company, Mike Muirhead and Jesse Rudiger expand their growing business into an online base for custom furniture and cool housewares: think tri-legged stools with octagonal seats and clear pine coffee tables with grey trapezoid legs. 4132b 97th St. NW, forge53.ca
CALGARY Chocolate Lab Husband-and-wife team Dallas and Eva Southcott bring their shop of exquisite handmade chocolates to Calgary’s newest market, dining and entertainment experience, Granary Road. From a dark chocolate infused with 12-year-old Scotch to the “Matinee at the Bijou” bonbon inspired by the American cocktail, the sweet treats here will suit any taste. 226034 112th St. W, thechocolatelab.ca
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WLDESIGN // great spaces
A monochromatic office inspires ample creativity.
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Simple Ikea Fjälkinge shelving units (from $130) help to visually separate the workstations without cluttering the design. ikea.ca
Herman Miller Sayl chairs (from $542) manage to make ergonomic seating look good. grshop.com
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When first setting out to design their Vancouver co-working space for creative entrepreneurs, the Aviary co-founders, Andrea McLean and Stella Cheung Boyland, were adamant their storefront be at street level. “We wanted to create a really vibrant and friendly community with the people who work out of our space while educating the public on what we do and what a design office looks like,” says McLean. So they set up a storefront in East Vancouver and began bringing the outside in. Large windows look onto a minimalist open-concept room, perfect for local artists and designers to showcase their creative process in two-week rotating installations. A wheeled white pegboard, created by Lock and Mortice, functions as a wall dividing the space for regular workday but can be pushed aside for galleries, pop-up shops and photo shoots. Two communal tables can be broken apart for collaborative meetings. The individual workstations, made up of white Ikea tables and shelves, keep the environment simple and non-distracting for interior designers and florists alike. “We wanted it to be bright, clean and comfortable.” Cascading pothos plants and potted tropicals that dot the studio add pops of green to the space and act as natural dividers throughout, whether in the cozy lounge near the Instagram-friendly front window or hanging in the large design-sample library. “Most creative thinkers don’t want clutter and chaos surrounding them,” says McLean. “This is a blank canvas.”—Carly Whetter
Up the Walls
Milton and King Contact Grid wallpaper ($98 U.S. per roll) provides a subtle layer of texture in the monochromatic meeting room. miltonandking.com
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There’s a wave of weave rolling in this patio season. Outdoor furnishings are textural and tactile, while accessories show branchlike and faceted patterns. Multi-faceted
Vondom’s Marquis planters (from $299) pop with their polygonal design, with a texture that’s inspired by diamond-cutting craftsmanship. gingerjarfurniture.com
Babylon Days Synthetic fibre rope is woven into large lyrical loops in the Babylon series of outdoor furniture by Varaschin (price on request)—worthy of the fabled city itself . . . or any backyard. bloomfurniturestudio.com
This three-piece patio set ($229), with svelte legs and woven seat (deep enough for the graphic pop of a pillow), fits small spaces with a big vibe. realcanadiansuperstore.ca
The Blau collection by Gandia Blasco (from $2,600) is sleek yet organic, with furniture pieces that range from loungers to an illuminated “tree.” livingspace.com
The RighT Angles designer’s Pick
“The Gloster Grid line of furniture is so beautiful. The metal-and-teak combination is durable and long lasting . . . and the simplicity of the design works well for city, coastal and mountain clients’ homes!” broughaminteriors.com
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Patterned oilcloth protects and prettifies, like this “feather” design by BoConcept ($45), which brings a softer and more esoteric kind of weave to an outdoor space. boconcept.com
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SMART DESIGN FOR SMALL SPACES
s the size of new homes and condominiums get smaller, the square footage allocated to traditional storage space is starting to disappear. The most common problem that downsizers or new homebuyers face is often just that — the lack of storage space. Custom cabinetry can solve this dilemma – and it is a much preferred option to using bulky furniture which takes up precious square footage. When people ask themselves how they can create more space, the answer lies in making more effective and efficient use of what they already have. The simplest way is closet organizers. “We deal with a lot of townhome and condo owners whose storage space is limited,” says Emma Beaty, a Design Consultant at California Closets. Recently, Beaty worked with a couple who love their neighbourhood but
found their 1990s-era townhome lacking much-needed storage in their master bedroom. The owners were looking to update their closets and add built-in cabinetry in their bedroom for additional storage. During their initial consultation, she asked them several questions to find out exactly what they required. Questions for a bedroom would typically include, how much space do we need to allocate to short/long hanging items? Are you looking to store shoes in the closet, and if so, how many pairs? Do you fold or hang sweaters? What types of things do you like to put in drawers? What kind of aesthetic are you going for? “A designer can spend anywhere from 2-20+ hours on a project, depending on the complexity of the job,” she adds. Once Beaty had a clear picture of the homeowners needs, she used her interactive CAD program to design a 3-D colour rendering to present to them. “Once they saw what it looked like they were able to
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make immediate changes to the rendering. Our program is very advanced, so as changes are made, the pricing is automatically adjusted so there are no surprises.” The first portion of the project included a simple closet system and replacing the old short brass sliding doors with floor to ceiling sliding doors. “The floor to ceiling sliding doors draw the eye up to the top of the room, making their bedroom appear larger and more spacious,” she notes. “For the bed surround, we went for a very sleek, contemporary look that still added a tonne of storage,” adds Beaty. The beauty of custom built storage is that it makes everything easy, accessible and beautiful. “We do much more than simple closets…California Closets also has a full line of locally produced custom cabinetry. Our franchise has mastered smart design for small spaces which is what we did for this project.” she adds.
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In with the Bold
Our cover story this month is a daring studio design that belongs to Liquidity winery owner Ian MacDonald. Itâ€™s thrilling in that it cantilevers over a cliff face, but also for its thoughtful materials paletteâ€”the corrugated metal is an intentional reference to the agricultural community that surrounds it. For more on the home, turn to page 42.
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WL HOMES // NARAMATA
Cottage Cool Interior designer Robert Bailey worked with the owners of this Naramata, B.C., home to create a modern cabin with simple principles: ease of use, rugged purpose, low-maintenance materials and places for people to pile into.
by AMANDA ROSS photographs by JOSH DUNFORD
No matter how cramped the bunk bed, cold the shower or buggy the outhouse, the Canadian cabin stands as one of our countryâ€™s most cherished icons. This B.C. cottage reimagines the classic form while subtly respecting its roots.
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abin culture is so deeply woven into the fabric of our summers that it’s earned its grammatical stripes as a verb: cottaging is about family togetherness, tradition and childhood memories. All things that get upended when placed in the context of a city where soccer schedules, deadlines and traffic conspire to unhinge them all. For one Vancouver family, these values were enshrined at their Naramata cabin on Okanagan Lake, a veritable temple of family and fellowship—but, after 12 years, it was time for a change. Picturesque views of the sparkling lake, idyllic swimming and blissful playtime in the sand were savoured from their pint-sized wood-panelled cabin; entire summers centred around these iconic moments. But as the years progressed, the children grew and extended family and friends lingered longer, the homeowners realized they had outgrown their two-bedroom clapboard classic. For them, the key was to build something that could continue to tell their story but from a fresh new perspective that remained faithful to cabin DNA. With a napkin sketch, the homeowners reached out to Vancouver interior designer Robert Bailey with a vision they’d been incubating for years: a cabin masquerading as a house. Which is exactly how Bailey loves to work. “It’s so uninteresting working with just my vision; my idea bank is
Connection Zone “Being of wine country, Naramata is an incredibly civilized place with an elevated sense of design and knowledge,” says interior designer Robert Bailey. Nods to classic cabin design are throughout, including an indoor fireplace sheathed in acid-stained steel (above, left) echoing a wood stove or cast iron frying pan. 3 6 J U N E 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
Warm Woods The bathroom was lined in wood in an elegant nod to a traditional outhouse (right). The hallway (middle right) features a custom table, and a glimpse of a Tiko Kerr painting. In the kitchen (far right), “we wanted more of a cabin vocabulary,” says Bailey, “so we went with a painted cabinet rather than a highly sophisticated look in wood.”
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always fertilized with other people’s imagination, wishes and desires—it adds challenges and layers to a project,” he says. “Our best work is always collaborative.” Bailey’s task was to take that sketch and bring it to life, but honour the patterns, routines and traditions that had formed over a decade within the original walls. Throughout the design process, he says, the question remained: what is a cabin? Its principles—ease of use, rugged purpose, low-maintenance materials and places for people to pile into—are now referenced throughout. “The home needed to be super relaxed, where nothing would be precious—everything had to be easy to live with, but all in an elegantly finished and sophisticated package,” says Bailey. As such, the sturdy French white oak floors with grey stain are all pre-distressed with knots and dents—traipsing kids with sandy feet can easily come and go while damage and upkeep are kept to a minimum. The bathrooms feature quartz counters—solid and strong—yet softer in tone than all-white (“White is harder to live with”). “We always start with a shell, which is the supporting character for everything else—furniture, decor, art. It needs to be strong, but also still connected in terms of its colour and its feel,” says Bailey. The same oak flooring mirrors the ceiling for a continued thread. “We wanted to have consistency of material and colour, as woods are difficult to manage—there’s often an orange and yellowness to them,” says Bailey. Plus, a small palette of materials helps to keep things cohesive and calm: wood clads every ceiling of the house, as well as the walls of a teeny powder room, where the result is “a delightfully modern (and clean!) take on the classic cabin outhouse,” Bailey laughs. The new vacation home also needed to factor in the homeowners’ university-aged children and also welcome extended family and visiting friends. In other words, it needed to be like a hotel—homey and inviting but not so heavy on personality that a great aunt couldn’t sleep comfortably in a kid’s room. “Like a hospitality project, it’s meant to be less specifically designed for an individual so that rooms could be utilized in various ways by various people,” explains Bailey. “Even though the private space upstairs is personal, rooms don’t have specific names attached to them.”
To the Lake Sandy neutrals let the view take centre stage, while varying textures provide visual interest. Two chairs from B&B Italia pair with a gorgeous footboard from North Vancouver artist Brent Comber and a bed from Bloom Furniture.
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With a napkin sketch, the homeowners reached out to Vancouver interior designer Robert Bailey with a vision they had been incubating for years: a cabin masquerading as a house.
As a result, there’s an elegant thematic flow and connection throughout. A teenage hangout room converts to a sleepover space with trundles tucked underneath the beds; a separate den and lounge area is for anyone needing quiet contemplation time; all sofas are hide-a-beds that allow for flexibility for visitors at the drop of a hat. “We didn’t want bunk beds everywhere,” says Bailey. “We still wanted it to appear like a sophisticated home.” There’s a distinct indoor/outdoor flow that comes from copious windows and that continuity of materials. The yellow-and-gold local Kettle Valley stone on the wall both inside and outside ties the space together visually while referencing the sunshiney colours of the Okanagan. The great room accommodates big dinners with a long table flanked by a glass curtain wall; a living room, too, sheds picture-wall views to the lake. There are other homages to the cabin—subtle, but there for all who happen to notice. A round outdoor firepit echoes a campfire; an indoor fireplace sheathed in acidstained steel channels a cast iron frying pan; unadorned furniture with timeless appeal hearkens back to basic necessities. “This house will be around for the next 100 years,” says Bailey. “We never wanted it to be kitschy—we just wanted it to be authentic to time and place.” 4 0 J U N E 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
Great Outdoors On the exterior (left) the yellow-and-gold local Kettle Valley stone on the wall carries on to the interiors, referencing the sunshiney colours of the Okanagan. Bunny lounge chairs from Bend Goods round an outdoor fi re fi xture from Vancouver’s Solus Decor—a modern take on the classic campfi re.
Cooling Off “The home needed to be super-relaxed, where nothing would be precious—everything had to be easy to live with, but all in an elegantly finished and sophisticated package,” says Bailey. The outdoor shower (right) makes transitioning from lake to indoors easy—and the showerhead is beautiful and strikingly simple in its design.
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OVER THE EDGE A cantilevered studio is a rather literal leap of faith in the Okanagan.
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Wild Ambition “If it’s insane, I’ll usually get it done,” says homeowner Ian MacDonald of the ambitious 480-squarefoot cantilevered studio in the Naramata Bench.
it was near the bottom of a trail traversing a hundred-foot slope to Okanagan Lake that the Ply Architecture team and owner Ian MacDonald first voiced the idea: Why don’t we cantilever the studio over the edge? “You’re looking up at this almost unattainable horizon because it’s so sheer and steep,” says architect Arnold Chan. “It occurred to us, wouldn’t it be amazing if you were standing just over this precipice . . . if you’re talking about something that really takes your breath away.” As it happens, they were. MacDonald and the Ply Architecture partners, Chan and Casey Burgess, were discussing the next stage of Flying Leap, MacDonald’s name for the dramatic site where he built his home. “Flying Leap is a pretty provocative, activating name for a site,” says Chan, adding, “Ian has a knack for these things in terms of a vision.” That vision began when MacDonald came from Calgary to B.C.’s Okanagan wine country—specifically the Naramata Bench—to build the Liquidity Wines complex and his similarly “wow” home at Flying Leap (featured in Western Living in 2015). Continuing his master plan, he enlisted Ply Architecture to collaborate on an additional suite of buildings, including garage, workshop and what’s now been dubbed the Flying Leap studio.
MacDonald wanted a self-contained studio space with a kitchen, washroom and bedroom. “Almost like a little cottage house,” says Chan about the compact 480-square-foot creative outpost for MacDonald’s artist friends. “It’s somewhere to be indulgent in the site, in the place, in the moment, and to get inspired,” he adds. “That’s the soul of the space.” From the initial aha moment beneath the precipice, MacDonald was all in. “I knew it was a yes when, the very next morning, he was already outside on-site with these large PVC pipes, laying out the possibilities,” says Chan. MacDonald became the champion of the project—working with geotechnical engineers, battling authorities, searching all of Western Canada for a specialized drilling system (delivered from the coast via a 90,000-pound vehicle with a 60-foot boom—“In a matter of no time, this thing cored out four holes in the ground like it was butter,” says MacDonald.) “For any other client I’d think it’d be crazy, but for Ian it seems par for the course,” says builder Nicholas Hill of Ritchie Custom Homes. The silt banks, composed of glacial till, required four 13-metre-deep, 28-inch-diameter concrete piers. “You get these beautiful clay banks and hoodoos,” says Hill of the soft formations westernliving.ca / j u n e
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Above It All The bedroom (above), tucked into a window-lined corner of the modernist building, offers a bird’s-eye view of Okanagan Lake, but the master ensuite (left) provides a peek at the vast blue water too, via a floor-to-ceiling window in the marblelined shower. (Luckily, you won’t find too many nosy neighbours on a cliff.) 4 4 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
along the lakeshore, “but it’s not the most competent material to build a structure hanging out overtop of.” Still, as MacDonald says himself, he was committed to the cantilevering. “If it’s insane, I’ll usually get it done,” MacDonald admits. “Ian has an element—capital-e element—of Renaissance about him,” says Chan. “He likes to think in big ways.” And MacDonald pushed like-minded Ply. Having worked in the risk-taking design scene of Hong Kong and with innovative entrepreneurs in hospitality, the two architects embrace the experimental. In this case, the three-yearold firm willingly took a leap, so to speak, following MacDonald’s lead and the vocabulary cues of the main house. Those cues consist of a basic material palette: cedar, concrete, glass, granite, corrugated metal. “The corrugated is a bit of a reference to that agricultural environment of the Okanagan,” says Burgess, “a modern material used in that farm or industrial context.” Exterior materials extend inside—cedar soffits and concrete flooring—to keep the connection seamless. The rest of the interior palette is also simple: stark-white walls, stainless steel countertops, lacquered millwork, Carrara marble tiles. “The materials are true to their form in being concrete, wood, metal; we’re not masking or mimicking anything,” says Hill. The minimalist, modern aesthetic (no trims, few details) and stripped-down furniture and fixtures let art, like a large Vaughn
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Art Works MacDonald’s goal was to create “a place where people have a quiet, stimulating space and get creative.” A number of artists from around the world have already stayed in the studio (bottom). In the kitchen, an abstract painting by Vaughn Neville adds a pop of colour (top).
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Neville abstract, be the focus. “That’s the story of my life,” says MacDonald. “Everything I do has a white background so it can be a neutral background for displaying art.” This culminates in the bird’s-eye perspective from the bedroom, where “all of a sudden, you’re hovering,” says Burgess. She and Chan were the first to actually stay in the finished studio. “If you’re there to create something or make art, I can’t think of a better place to do it,” she says. Or, as Chan puts it, “If the building were a person, it would be an enabler. It’s not there for you to praise it, it’s there to enable you.” For MacDonald, it’s genius loci. He’s even stamped the Latin term on his address sign: “A spot that’s imbued with a natural beauty that’s almost surreal . . . a very, very special spirit,” says MacDonald. “And that’s what I feel about this place. All I’ve been trying to do, with all the different design elements of the property, is to invoke the genius loci that’s already inherent in this piece of land.” Everyone involved—Hill, Chan, Burgess—gives full props to MacDonald. “Kudos to Ian to have the guts to do it,” says Chan. “It’s one thing to design something; it’s another thing to make it happen.” And when it happens, everything else falls away, quite literally. There’s no “noise,” he says. “All that is distilled when you walk in—wow, I’m here, I’m somewhere.” Somewhere that was once air off a precipice. A leap, now manifest. See SourceS
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This issue we dive deep into the bounty of the Okanagan, and perhaps no place captures the area’s diversity and history more than Covert Farms. Not only does the 58-year old homestead have the now-requisite-grapevines, but they have every type of organic fruit and produce that grows in the Valley. But it’s more than just a farm; it’s a place that captures what the Okanagan is about: family, stewardship and community, a point underscored by this guy, Mark James Lucas, who is Covert’s artist-in-residence. The story of this magical place begins on page 54.
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Gene Covert shuttles visitors in his vintage red pickup truck.
If you want to know what the Okanagan is all about, drive past the fancy beach houses and trophy wineries all the way to the 650 acres of Covert Farms, where four generations bring all the Valley’s bounty together. by Jennifer CoCkrall-king // recipes by Campbell kearns photographs by evaan kheraJ // styling by luisa rino
ene Covert—tanned, relaxed and with his ever-present smile—leans against a bright-red 1952 Mercury pickup. Guests are trickling in, past the alpacas and Highland cattle paddock. He’s ferrying them up a long tree-lined driveway in the back of the classic truck that he uses for farm tours. The custom bench seating holds eight at a time. They’ve come from Vancouver, Kelowna and Penticton for Covert Farms’ Harvest Dinner, a field-to-table and vineyard-to-glass feast to celebrate what is grown, made and fermented right on this historic 650-acre westernliving.ca / j u n e
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More than 40 different varieties of certified organic fruits and vegetables are grown here. It has its own certified organic vineyards, winery, tasting shop and wine lounge.
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Four generations of the Covert family now call this idyllic 650-acre working farm home.
farm in Oliver, B.C. Run by Gene and his wife, Shelly, this property has been in the family for three generations—and Gene and Shelly’s three teens, who all have jobs here in the summer, will be the fourth. A farm is always many things, but Covert is truly an ecosystem. More than 40 different varieties of certified organic fruits and vegetables are grown here. It has its own certified organic vineyards, winery, tasting shop and wine lounge. Grapes are also grown on contract for a large winery neighbour. There’s a small herd of Highland cattle, some Barbados Blackbelly sheep, chickens and even alpacas. There’s a produce store and several farm buildings, not to mention the various homes of the Covert family members and those who work here. Walk the U-pick fields and you might even see Mark James Lucas with his paints, canvas and easel—the property’s own plein air artist-in-residence (see page 53). Tours, public and private events, school westernliving.ca / j u n e
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programs and dinners are now an important part of the mix. Covert’s Freak’n Farmer competition, now in its sixth year, attracts 800 extreme obstacle course racers to hoist tractor tires and shimmy through mud under logs. More than 500 guests attend the annual family-friendly Pig Out vineyard pig roast, and then there is the 1½-hour culinary tour, led by either Gene or by the farm’s chef-inresidence, Campbell Kearns. On the day I arrive, there’s not just one, but two events. A 160-person wedding is happening in the vines and will soon shift to a large tent near the wine shop and lounge. This means that Gene and Shelly have moved tonight’s Harvest Dinner—the reason I’m here—to the porch at Diana Covert’s home. Diana, Gene’s mother, though now retired from farm duties, is the farm’s mater familias. 5 8 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
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And, as such, her otherwise modest rancher with weathered blue shiplap siding has a sweet promontory view of what seems like the entire region. Gene brings up another round of guests and Shelly—possibly the bubbliest person on earth—greets them with a glass in hand of Covert Farms’ pale-pink sparkling zinfandel méthode ancestrale. As they stare slack-jawed out from the lawn, someone whispers, “This is what you get when you’ve been on the farm the longest—the best spot with the best view.” From here, it’s easy to see why George Covert, Gene’s grandfather, bought this land in November 1959, the very moment he set foot on it. George and his wife, Winifred, co-owned a busy tomato-packing house in California, and they decided it was time to slow the pace somewhat. George drove to the Okanagan on rumours of good farmland for fruit and field crops and he immediately fell in love with the region. He bought both the 600 acres (another 50 were added later) that would become Covert Farms, plus a cattle ranch near Osoyoos. He then had to return home to inform Winifred that they were moving to Canada.
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That first year, they planted 100 acres of tomatoes and 100 acres of onions. Winifred sold produce on-site at the farm, out of the window of the office where she also kept the books. Their kids, Calvin and Michael, took on farm chores. Perseverance and hard work were paying off. But farming is about adapting and even trying to be ahead of the curve whenever possible. George was interested in wine grapes in the 1960s, and by the ’70s Covert had had up to 180 acres of hardy but funky hybrids, like Maréchal Foch, and labrusca varieties with names like White Diamond. Sadly, they were grapes of the time, destined for the novice tastes of the Canadian market. “Most of it went into jugs,” Gene recalls. George and his son Michael then shifted the farm toward the high-density apple plantings of the mid-1980s into the 2000s. (Calvin took care of the cattle ranch.) Covert Farms became a leader in Gala and Ambrosia apple production. After Gene’s father, Michael, died in 2004, the family felt it was time again for another major shift. “We had a long family meeting and decided to downsize our operations. The apples were out and grapes were in,” says Gene. They planted pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, viognier and other vinifera grapes, 6 2 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
Farm chef Campbell Kearns mingles with the lucky guests.
A 160-person wedding is happening in the vines and will soon shift to a large tent near the wine shop. Elotes (Grilled Mexican Corn) This is my absolute favourite way to eat corn: when it’s fresh off the stalks in late summer. 8 cobs fresh corn Olive oil Salt, to taste 1 tbsp smoked paprika ½ cup mayonnaise 1 tbsp lime juice ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese or feta In a large bowl, lightly coat husked corn with oil, salt and smoked paprika. Whisk together mayo, lime juice and ¼ cup of cheese (save some for garnish). Season to taste with more lime, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Over a medium-low fire grill (charcoal is best), grill corn lightly for 2 minutes on all sides until cooked and charred. Remove corn from grill, immediately brush with mayonnaise mixture, then garnish with more cheese, fresh lime and smoked paprika. Elotes are best served on large platters where sauce and garnish can be applied liberally. Use your hands and have more than a few napkins on hand!
Ginger Chili Sour-Cherry Chutney Olive oil ½ cup finely diced onion 1 tbsp grated ginger 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 cup pitted sour cherries 1 whole cinnamon stick 1 tsp crushed chili flakes 1 tsp rock salt 1 tsp fennel seeds 2 to 3 cardamom pods 2 to 3 cloves 3 tbsp brown sugar ½ cup apple cider vinegar In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat, add 1½ tbsp olive oil, then add ginger and onion. Sauté until lightly caramelized. Add in garlic and sauté another minute, stirring often. Add cherries, whole cinnamon stick, chili flakes, cardamom pods, cloves, fennel seeds, salt and sugar. Sauté an additional 2 minutes. Add vinegar, bring to a medium boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove lid, continue to simmer and reduce, stirring often, until a thick and chunky consistency is achieved. Remove cinnamon stick, pods and cloves. Cool immediately in a jar or bowl. Serve chilled with your favourite charcuterie, cheese and bread.
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Sauce notably a two-acre block of zinfandel, which is still a rarity in Canada. And they would farm organically. Both Gene and Shelly are ardent believers in good land stewardship and making healthy products available to their community. “When I was a teenager, I got sick spraying, and I studied chemistry in university,” Gene explains. “I didn’t want to spray, and I didn’t want other people to spray.” They also drilled water wells on the property, changing the farm’s irrigation system so that it no longer drew from the Okanagan river channel. “Our property goes right down to the valley bottom where the river flows. Just by happenstance, we’re right on the last six kilometres of wild, natural Okanagan River. It’s a major spawning ground that supports over 65,000 fish,” says Gene. Now Covert Farms is certified Salmon-Safe, as the sockeye run continues to rebound after decades of worrisome absence. Back in the kitchen, chef Kearns glides around the space. He’s one of the newest members of the Covert team and is still giddy over the selection of perfect produce he has to work with. “I’m just so in love with this region,” he smiles. Kearns grew up in Calgary and did his chef training at North Island College on 6 4 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
1 tsp coconut oil 3 tbsp red Thai curry paste 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp fish sauce 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp lime juice 2 to 3 makrut lime leaves 1 can coconut milk ½ cup fish or chicken stock In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil and sauté garlic and curry paste for 1 to 2 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a medium boil, simmer and reduce for 20 minutes. The longer you reduce and cook this sauce, the more flavourful it will become.
The Similkameen has always been a get-in-and-get-out proposition for wine tourists, but the Orofino has filled the accommodation vacuum with a pair of modern new suites, with full kitchens and plenty of room. Prices from $199. orofinovineyards.com
Quails’ Gate One of the added benefits of being among the first wineries is that you get the best location—which, for Quails’ Gate, means a lakefront perch just off Boucherie Road. Which further means that if you rent one of their two “cabins,” you get the best of lake and vineyard. The Lake House sleeps 10; the Nest, seven. Prices from $500. quailsgate.com/stay
Arctic Char 1 Arctic char, cleaned and portioned into 4 5-oz fillets, skin on (or a high-quality white fish of your choice) Olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 1 lime ½ cup fish or chicken stock Preheat oven to 375°F. Pat fish dry, drizzle with oil and season both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Preheat a lightly oiled non-stick heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add char skin side down and sear for 2 minutes, until skin begins to crisp. Transfer to a baking sheet, skin side up, drizzle again with olive oil, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Dress fish liberally with sauce and fresh lime juice. Serve immediately over rice or lentils with Asian greens. Garnish with crushed peanuts and chopped Thai basil.
Laughing Stock In addition to making the acclaimed wine Portfolio, David and Cynthia Enns have always had a strong design sense. And—spoiler alert— we’re hoping to feature their new home in next year’s Okanagan issue. The bonus is that their old, also stunning, 2,700-square-foot home is now available for rent, and while priority is given to their wine club members, ordinary fans can book as well. From $650. laughingstock.ca
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WL OKANAGAN // covert farms
Roasted Squash and Kale Caesar
Vancouver Island. He had been working on Haida Gwaii when the job for farm chef and culinary tour guide came up. He jumped at the chance “to be involved with food at the exact moment when that food should be eaten.” He’s getting his sommelier training in and even “sneaks into” the winery to learn more about the process. Finally, the heat of the day relents and people rip themselves away from the view at the prospect of great food and more wine. They find their places at the tables, and the first course arrives. Gene slides into his role of farm owner, host, winemaker and storyteller. “All this goes back to 1959, and I’ve been on this farm since I was three,” he begins. And with that, we eat. 6 6 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
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2 to 3 anchovies 2 egg yolks 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard 1 tbsp caper berries (drained and rinsed) Splash Tabasco 350 ml olive oil 2 to 3 cloves garlic Lemon juice Salt and cracked black pepper ¼ cup grated Parmesan
1 loaf day-old gluten-free bread 3 cloves garlic, minced Olive oil Rock salt Pepper Chili flakes ¼ cup fresh herbs, chopped (equal parts Italian flat-leaf parsley, thyme and oregano) Parmesan
In a food processor, add anchovies, egg yolks, mustard, caper berries, garlic and Tabasco. Pulse until smooth. On low speed, slowly drizzle in olive oil, a little bit at a time, until dressing is thick, emulsified and glossy. Add Parmesan and pulse for 10-20 seconds to incorporate. Season with salt, pepper, Tabasco and lemon juice to your taste.
Preheat oven to 300°F. Dice bread into bite-sized cubes and set aside. In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil generously over cubed bread until well coated. Add minced garlic, a pinch of chili flakes, chopped herbs and a good pinch of rock salt. Mix thoroughly with hands and spread onto a baking tray. Before baking, grate Parmesan cheese over croutons. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Salad 1 butternut squash 1 head kale (or try a blend, such as Lacinato, Red Russian and curly green) Olive oil Salt Shaved cabbage Caper berries Pumpkin seeds Parmesan
Preheat oven to 325°F. Dice squash into bite-sized pieces and combine with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake on a baking sheet until golden brown. Set aside to cool. Wash greens well and pat dry. Remove as much stem as possible and rip remaining leaves into palm-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Drizzle with oil, add salt, and massage kale gently with your hand until it begins to soften and break down. Add dressing to taste and mix thoroughly. Top with squash, croutons, shaved cabbage, caper berries, pumpkin seeds and shaved Parmesan, and serve immediately. Serves 4-6.
THE OKANAGAN YOUR WINE VACATION DESTINATION There’s always lots to do—and plenty of wine to drink—in the Okanagan Valley Wine Region, but the wineries and the winery association featured here rise above the crop with the quality of the wines they produce, their winemaking practices, and the events they host.
TINHORN CREEK VINEYARDS
POPLAR GROVE WINERY
NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES ASSOCIATION
OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD WINERY
BURROWING OWL ESTATE WINERY
CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY
SPONSORED REPORT TINHORN CREEK VINEYARDS
A trailblazer in environmentally sustainable winemaking practice, Tinhorn Creek has built its reputation on its fine selection of estate-grown wines. The winery is also home to Miradoro Restaurant, which serves award-winning cuisine in a dining room with panoramic South Okanagan views. The vineyard is currently rebranding its Oldfield Series as Oldfield Reserve, a nod to the brand’s growth and to the sophistication of its top-tier wines. Over the summer, Tinhorn’s event schedule kicks into high gear. May through September, the vineyard hosts its Canadian Concert Series, showcasing some of the best new Canadian talent under the stars at its hillside amphitheatre. July 27th, the Starlit Supper returns, featuring a multi-course menu by Miradoro, complete with wine pairing and telescopes to view the stars. August 18th, visitors can stroll through the vineyard with viticulturist Andrew Moon during the Golden Mile Bench Vineyard Tour and Tasting. Event-goers will sample Tinhorn Creek wines as they learn about vineyard practices, sustainability, and the new Golden Mile Bench sub appellation. This experience is capped with an outdoor reception, with canapés accompanied by Tinhorn Creek wine. This premiere Okanagan wine destination also offers various tours and tastings in its tasting bar and private tasting room and, regardless of the event, Tinhorn Creek promises its visitors an experience to remember.
SPONSORED REPORT OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD WINERY
Visit Okanagan Crush Pad and discover the reason the winery team is so passionate about organic farming. The team is committed to offering simply made, pure wines that uniquely express the Okanagan Valley terroir. Stroll through the vineyard alongside the chickens and ducks and you will see a testament to the natural farming philosophy that helps define the winery. The maker of Haywire and Narrative wines, Okanagan Crush Pad, known to locals as OCP, farms their land the old fashion way—using nature as its guide. The vineyard relies entirely on healthy, balanced, ripe fruit as the base of production for its wines. Technological interference is kept to a minimum, allowing each bottle to tell the story of the vineyard. OCP wines mature naturally in large concrete tanks, which allow healthy, natural and living organisms to be preserved and native fermentation to take place. Open daily during the touring season, the Tasting Lounge is built into the heart of the winemaking facility, giving visitors a unique, first-hand glimpse into the making of premium, organic wine. OCP’s Tasting Lounge offers cheese and charcuterie platters, which can be enjoyed on the patio or paired with a VIP tasting, upon request. During Thursdays in July and August, visitors can also take in the Live @ Crush Pad Music Series while soaking up views of sunsets over Switchback Organic Vineyard and Lake Okanagan. Co-owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, and winemaker Matt Dumayne, along with the rest of the knowledgeable team at OCP, are always happy to answer any questions that visitors have about their winemaking process.
Visit and fall in love with our wines.
SUMMERLAND Open daily 10:30 – 5:30 okanagancrushpad.com
SPONSORED REPORT POPLAR GROVE WINERY
Poplar Grove is passionate about nurturing its estate vineyards to produce award-winning, premium wines. The winery’s stunning lakeside location on the Naramata Bench makes it a popular choice for private functions, including weddings and corporate parties. The tasting room at Poplar Grove has high ceilings, as well as expansive windows that let in the view. Tastings are held at tasting pods, whose horseshoeshaped design encourages interaction among guests as a Poplar Grove host guides them through the wines. Post-tasting, visitors are encouraged to meander and explore the grounds, where they will find a grassy area perfect for a picnic. The Vanilla Pod, the onsite restaurant, is open 11 months a year and serves Mediterranean and international-style tapas dishes prepared with the freshest Okanagan ingredients. In celebration of Canada’s 150th on July 1st, Executive Chef Bruno Terroso is preparing a signature menu, comprised of traditional dishes from every province. Subscribers to Poplar Grove’s Wine Club enjoy a host of member-only privileges, including three sixbottle shipments a year. Members are also invited to Poplar Grove’s annual barbecue, an evening of fine wine, excellent food, and dancing. Of special note to both Wine Club members and visitors is the winery’s recent release of the Blanc de Noirs, its rosé, the perfect accompaniment to any summer day.
SPONSORED REPORT BURROWING OWL ESTATE WINERY
Whether at the tasting room or The Sonora Room—accompanied by cuisine especially designed to showcase the character of Burrowing Owl’s wine offerings—a visit to this winery is a rare opportunity to taste a selection of premium library wines and experience the finest in Okanagan hospitality. A pioneer in conservation and green energy, Burrowing Owl is keenly focused on renewable energy and has been consistently adding to its stock of solar panels since 2006. It’s expected that funds generated by the winery’s $3 tastings for the Burrowing Owl Foundation will reach $1 million in July, and a celebration is planned to commemorate the occasion.
NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES ASSOCIATION
Among Canada’s premiere—and most picturesque—wine regions, The Naramata Bench is a top destination for wine enthusiasts. The Naramata Bench Wineries Association is a group of 28 wineries working together to present the Bench’s renowned wines and culture. Subscribers to NBWA’s Best of the Bench Wine Club receive two mixed cases a year of Naramata Bench wines at winery pricing. Visitors can pick up the NBWA’s Passport Wine Touring Treasure Map at any member winery, and once they’ve collected six passport stamps, they can win tickets to the NBWA’s 2018 events. This year’s always-popular Tailgate Party will be held at D’Angelo Estate Winery on September 9th, with a “Back to Our Roots” theme in honour of Canada’s 150th. This annual harvest event features live music, dancing, and the chance to sample wine from each of the NBWA’s wineries. For information on this event and those held throughout the season at individual wineries, visit naramatabench.com.
Photo by Tina Baird
SPONSORED REPORT CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY
Each of Culmina Family Estate Winery’s wines is a testament the Triggs family’s philosophy that great wines are made when art and science unite. Culmina hosts a selection of seated tasting experiences, where visitors can discover the care and attention to detail with which the Triggs operate their winery. Upon arrival for Culmina’s introductory Reserve Tasting experience, guests are greeted at the door and invited to the patio to enjoy a splash of wine. They are then seated around the Triggs’ Doukhobor table and led through a selection of four wines including the winery’s flagship, Hypothesis, in the relaxed Tasting Room setting. Culmina’s Portfolio Tasting involves a flight of six wines, during which visitors discover Culmina’s process of crafting quality wines from its Golden Mile Bench estate. Only available with advance notice and at certain times of the year, Culmina’s Portfolio Tasting allows guest a broader look at Culmina’s portfolio, including “winery-only’ offerings like its Cabernet Franc. Culmina’s Vineyard and Winery Tour offers a more comprehensive look at the Triggs’ estate. It begins with a description of the winery’s viticultural philosophy in a Cabernet Franc block. Guests then stroll through the winery and complete their tour with a seated tasting in Culmina’s VIP room overlooking the Fermentation Hall. Since each of Culmina’s tasting experiences is limited to six to 10 people—more with advance notice—visitors gain a uniquely intimate opportunity of learning about the winery, the Triggs family, and each other, while it is ensured that each of their small groups remains undisturbed.
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4790 Wild Rose Street, Oliver BC
WLOKANAGAN // 24 HOURS OF KELOWNA EATS
BY DOMINIK A LIRETTE
1 Morning Coffee PULP FICTION COFFEE HOUSE
With giant Pulp Fiction posters adorning the facade, this downtown coffee shop is hard to miss. The inside has a retro-cool vibe and, you guessed it, Pulp Fiction-themed artwork throughout. But this is no ordinary coffee shop: adjacent to the café is Robbie Rare Books (a bookstore named after the poodle of owner and former oilman Max Sloan) and Britannia Antiques, a shop full of rare treasures. This cozy spot is the perfect place to grab a cappuccino and sticky cinnamon bun while you spend a few hours reading your newest paperback. pulpfictioncoffehouse.com
2 Brunch THE BOHEMIAN
The best brunch places always have a lineup outside, and the Bohemian is no exception. Luckily, the turnover rate is quick—and the food is well worth the wait. At this family-run eatery (decorated with mismatched chairs, movie posters and eclectic artwork), the menu is inspired by comforting home-cooked meals: eggs Benedict, blueberry oatmeal pancakes and corned beef hash. We recommend the BOH combo, which allows you to choose four of your favourite breakfast items for only $15. The aBOHcado (half an avocado stuffed with salsa) is delicious, especially with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt. bohemiancater.com 3 Happy Hour BACARO
This Kelowna wine bar and restaurant has a divine drinks menu and some stellar happy hour deals. From 5 to 6 p.m. you can enjoy bucka-shuck oysters and save $2 on draft beer, wine, original cocktails (the Devil’s Akvavit is a refreshing mix of orgeat, aquavit, pineapple, lime and ginger beer) and appetizers. The seasonal menu includes prosciutto-wrapped portobello mushrooms and pan-seared halloumi with glazed beet carpaccio. And the happy hour gets going early at 3 p.m. bacaro.ca
Bacaro: Ashley Godin; Krafty Kitchen: Trevor Cooper; Tree Brewing: Shawn Talbot
Top Chef (Season 3) alum and Krafty Kitchen owner Chris Shaften.
EATING K-TOWN FROM DAWN T0 DUSK The tourist brochures would have you think that eating in Kelowna is always done en plein air, a freshly picked apple enjoyed while strolling through the riesling vines. And while the outdoors is ever-present here, Kelowna is also the fastest-growing city in B.C. and now home to 200,000 urbanites. So here’s a sample day of enjoying the best of what the city has to offer—no hiking required.
4 Dinner KRAFT Y KITCHEN AND BAR
Featuring seasonal menu items and beloved mainstays (Burgundy-braised beef cheek! Grilled octopus!), owner and chef Chris Shaften’s farm-to-table restaurant is the perfect date-night spot. It’s trendy yet cozy, styled with industrial wooden tables, metal chairs and hanging incandescent light bulbs. Though there will always be meat on the menu, Shaften says a number of vegan dishes will be featured this spring. Look for the “not tuna tartare taco,” which features compressed watermelon in a seaweed vinaigrette—according to Shaften, it looks and tastes like the real thing. kraftykitchen.ca 5 Late Night TREE BREWING BEER INSTITUTE
End your night with a few beers at the Tree Brewing Beer Institute. In addition to offering seasonal beers and year-round favourites, this local brewery also features a “tank to tap” selection—a rotating lineup of experimental beers for patrons to try. You can visit the institute during the day for a behind-the-scenes tour of the beer-making process, but after dark is better suited to sipping brews and playing board games. treebrewingbeerinstitute.com
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WLOKANAGAN // GaraGistes
Rob Westbury nagging doubt Winery southeast KeloWna Production 1500 cases
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Opening the Door on the Garagistes They make minsicule cases of wine, they don’t have their own wineries and forget about a PR budget. These are the Valley’s garagistes—the name a throwback to when small producers used their garages as crush pads—and their hand-crafted labours of love are the heart and soul of the Okanagan’s wine industry.
Two kids, a vineyard, a winery, a full-time job—that’s the frenetic equation here. Rob is a B.C. boy and Abbey hails from New Mexico, neither imagined they would be knee-deep in this wicked fun mayhem. naggingdoubt.com
Nagging Doubt 2015 The Pull $30 A wallop of a Bordeauxblend. Dark, muscular and happy to age.
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Penelope Roche roche Wines Penticton Production 460 cases
Grant Elio Biggs Kitsch Wines east KeloWna Production 1550 cases Grant climbed the rungs of the food and beverage industry and is now fulfilling his dream of growing grapes and making wine on an estate vineyard in East Kelowna for owners Trent and Ria Kitsch. kitschwines.ca
Penelope’s a 5th generation winemaker brought up in a Bordeaux Grand Cru family, husband Dylan’s a North Van boy who favours Burgundy. They met doing a winemaking sabbatical in New Zealand and now they’re in Penticton making exceptional wine while planning a family and a winery at the same time. rterroir.ca
Roche 2015 Pinot Gris $25 Kitsch 2015 Riesling $26 An approachable style that has some sweetness to balance the high acid. 7 4 j u n e 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
A serious take on B.C.’s often playful grape: it’s floral and mineral with a killer finish.
Anthony Buchanan Anthony BuchAnAn Wines oliver Production 300 cAses
Terry Meyer Stone AnArchist MountAin vineyArd osoyoos Production 400 cAses
Anthony was a hair stylist for two decades before succumbing to his passion to make wine. By day he’s the full-time winemaker at Desert Hills Estate Winery, he and his wife Nichol have made their own labels a family affair by featuring the names of their children: Ashlyn on the Pinot Noir and Lawson on the Pinot Blanc. anthonybuchananwines.ca
Terry’s career has gone from being Miss Canada 1975 to Edmonton talk show host to now rolling up her sleeves and muddying her boots while hands-on in a vineyard with husband Andrew in Osoyoos. anarchistvineyard.com
Anthony Buchanan 2015 Pinot Noir $30
Anarchist 2015 Pinot Noir $38 Lithe and sexy with raspberry and a little bit of herbs. Quite elegant.
Nicely perfumed with a black cherry base. A winner.
Chris Carson cArson Pinot co. oK AnAgAn FAlls Production 300 cAses Chris Carson’s full-time gig is the winemaker for the acclaimed Meyer Family Vineyards, but for his own label, he has a lazer focus: to make outstanding Pinot Noir. Mission accomplished.
Carson Pinot Co. 2015 Pinot Noir $35 Simply one of the best low- alcohol Pinots in B.C.
Joanna Schlosser niche Wine co. West KeloWnA Production 900 cAses They had two full-time jobs and a wee guy named Hugh, but James and Joanna still heard the call of the vines overtop the din of the city. They ditched the urbanity and haven’t looked back. nichewinecompany.com
Niche 2015 Pinot Noir $24 A lovely golden-hue meets citrus zest dipped in honey.
WLOKANAGAN // foodie road trip
OsOyOOs / Oliver / OK Falls
A foodie road trip with the Okanagan’s resident scribe. Edmonton native Jennifer Cockrall-King not only lives in the Okanagan, she actually wrote the book on where to suss out the area’s bounty: last year’s Food Artisans of the Okanagan. We asked the author and food activist to plot her perfect road trip from her Naramata home base south to the U.S. border (with a little jaunt to Summerland thrown in)—here are her picks.
summerland true grain Bread
This is the second—and only other location—of this Cowichan Bay bread-shop institution. Apart from the organic Red Fife or rye loaves made from grains grown in the North Okanagan, European pastries and coffee round out this Summerland café experience.
Pork hock and foie gras terrine with pickled rhubarb and apple mustard—this is what happens when you let Montreal chef Simon Bouchard loose among Okanagan ingredients.
Covert farMs faMiLy estate
Sure, stop at the winery tasting room. But then hoof it over to the produce shop. Over 40 varieties of fruit and vegetables are grown right here on this third-generation (soon to be fourth) certified organic farm atop McIntyre Bluff. They’re known for their tomatoes, onions and peppers.
haMMer’s house of hog
Who knew the best real BBQ in the Valley would come from a mobile shack in Lion’s Park, a public park in Oliver? Cash only. No diet sodas. Pulled-pork heaven.
Miradoro at tinhorn Creek
This is a grand winery dining room experience but without the fuss. Chef Jeff Van Geest’s handmade Italian farm-to-table pastas, pizzas and elegant plates strike a perfect tone with Okanagan flavours as they peak.
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This is the absolutely brand-new spot from Bradley Clease, the chef who created the Vanilla Pod back when it was in Summerland. (It’s now at Poplar Grove winery.) It’s going to be all about handmade everything, from stock to hot sauce, and on his reputation alone, I’m stopping here.
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terrafina at hester Creek By raudZ
A new partnership in 2017 with Hester Creek and restaurateurs chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao means a dynamite Sunday brunch and, better yet, a delicious happy hour with local spirits, craft beers and wines.
Covert Farms: Evaan Kheraj; Hammer’s House of Hog: Mack Male; Miradoro: Chris Mason Stearns; Terrafina: Sean Fenzl
HIT THE ROAD, JEN!
Penticton / naramata
A brand-new tasting room in 2017 means more room to sprawl on the JoieFarm Winery lawn while eating a wood-fired seasonally dressed pizza with a glass of rosé in hand and watching—or playing—bocce.
These tough-tofind bottles are worth seeking out. Mirabel 2015 Pinot Noir $70
It’s more than a tad ballsy to price your first vintage as the most expensive pinot in the Okanagan, but while Doug and Dawn Reimer’s label may be new, their grapes have spent the last few vintages going into wines of both Foxtrot (the previous highwater mark for pricey pinot) and Meyer Family (always one of our top pinots) so it’s not really full tabula rasa. The wine skews elegant over brawny and has a wonderful purity of fruit, so if you’re feeling flush and can find it (there are only 237 cases) it’s a bit of a treasure. mirabelvineyards.com
Penticton Farmers’ market
I like to spend my Saturday mornings with 50 Okanagan and Similkameen organic farmers, food producers and chefs. Must-stops are Honest Food Farm for incredible veg, Joy Road Catering for a rustic loaf and a cherry galette, and Nummers! for a plum-compote-filled Berliner doughnut.
Because sometimes you just need a flight of soup and the best grilled cheese sandwich in the land. Chef-owner Paul Cecconi’s menu is all about just doing a few comfort foods right, like his chicken tortilla soup or the smoked salmon-potato salad.
Similkameen Wine Collective 2013 Consensus $60
Front street Brasserie
It’s a pocket-sized Parisian room with the menu on a blackboard and interesting international wine selections. Duck confit, orecchiette with lamb merguez, and crepes are the ways to go.
craFt corner kitchen
Simply put, chef James Holmes has created a perfect foodie hangout for the local food and wine (and beer and spirit) crowd with his daily tacos, very addictive Okanagan hot pickled chicken and “apple fries” poutine.
If The Avengers were Okanagan grape growers, this would be their wine. This under-the-radar passion project comes from a Similkameen version of a supergroup: winemaker J.M. Bouchard (Road 13), vineyard owners Larry Lund and Ron Bell, wine merchant Brian Berry, winery owners Pam and Mick Luckhurst (Road 13) and P.Eng (!) Jim Morrison. But instead of saving the world, this dream team crafts a blockbuster of a meritage, packed full of wild herbs and dark fruit, with a jolt of acidity to keep it in line. Then they refuse to create a website or really market it at all, and still the cognoscenti seek it out and snatch it up.
Sperling Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2015 $30
Ann Sperling is revered among fellow Okanagan winemakers, with her Old Vines Riesling being one of the early hallmarks of the region’s ability to make world-class wine—she just never had the marketing machine enjoyed by other great riesling producers, nor did she do things like update her website frequently (or at all). But when it comes to making wine, she has few peers—evidenced by this startling fusion of old-school winemaking and natural wine trends. It looks like a rosé but acts like something very different, with body and crazy minerality and a spit-roasted pineapple finish like a race car. And a cool new bottle to boot. sperlingvineyards.com
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WLOKANAGAN // Road Rides
The 5 Best Road Rides in the Okanagan
Ride # 1
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Let’s just call it: the Okanagan, with its mix of climbs, good roads and vineyard views, is the best place to ride in Canada. You can pretty much point your bike in any direction and have a good time, but for those who really • Tappen want to tackle the region, we’ve enlisted Giro Okanagan Mara Lake founder Gord Hotchkiss to let us in on the five classic ▲Hills trips that showcaseLarch the best of the region.
• Salmon Arm
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The Grind 70 km • 1,120 m of ascent The Skinny Kilometre for kilometre, this could well be the most scenic ride in the Central Okanagan. You’ll start in Winfield and head down to Okanagan Centre, where you’ll follow the lake up through Carr’s Landing. Then it’s the long, gruelling climb up to Predator Ridge (300 metres plus of climbing). The good news? This was recently paved, and it’s used by more than one NHLer for training in the off-season. If you choose, you can ride right up to the Sparkling Hills Resort (just a little more climbing for the masochistic). Then you head back south. An option is to stay on commonage as you come back to Carr’s Landing. Some of this is gravel, but the views make it worth it. You wrap up with a lovely circle route around Wood Lake and back to Winfield.
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The Grind 103 km • 800 m of ascent
Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park
The Skinny There’s a reason why the Okanagan Shuswap Century
Ride fully books up within minutes of the registration opening—it’s a great road ride. But you can do the same route any time. Start in Armstrong’s Memorial Park and ride through the lush farm scenery of the Salmon River Valley up to Salmon Arm. The official route takes a few twists and turns in Salmon Arm before you hit the most challenging climb of the ride, the 200-metre grind up Okanagan Avenue. Leaving Salmon Arm, you’ll ride for a short distance on Highway 97C (which features fairly wide shoulders) before turning right on Deep Creek Road and driving through more bucolic scenery back toward Armstrong. A great sampling of the rolling farmlands of the North Okanagan.
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Okanagan Lake Southridge Kettle Valley
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Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park
The Grind 91 km • 1,380 m of ascent (with all climbs included) The Skinny I’ve packed a lot of climbing into this route, but it’s easy to edit to match the level of challenge you want. This is a circle route that goes through downtown, so it’s a good choice for those staying in Kelowna. I’ve included a climb up Knox Mountain and over the ridge at Wilden to add some extra elevation but, if you choose, you can stick to the Valley bottom and head to the benchlands above Rutland. From Rutland, you climb back up to Belgo and ride through the orchards of East Kelowna to June Springs Road. Here you can test your Strava KOM ambitions (bike nerd-speak for personal best—ed.) on the optional climb up to the end of the pavement (a little over 400 metres of ascent). Then it’s a nice rolling ride over to Lakeshore Drive for an out-and-back along Okanagan Lake, then back to downtown. Note: My start and stop is from close to where I usually cycle in Wilden. This is good for those who crave uphill sprints at the finish line, but the start and stop can be moved to pretty much anywhere along the route!
For full plotted-out Bikemap versions of all these rides, visit westernliving.ca. For more info on Gord’s riding life, see girookanagan.com or his blog at outofmygord.com.
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Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve
Ellison Ridge White Lake Grasslands Protected Area
Vaseux Protected Area
Richter Mountain South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area
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The Grind 103 km • 910 m of ascent The Skinny This is one of the most popular rides in the South Okanagan. Start in Penticton and ride along Eastside Road, hugging the shore of Skaha Lake. I would recommend turning on MacLean Creek Road and taking that into Okanagan Falls. It’s the safer alternative. From here, you’ll ride through wine country back to Highway 97 past Vaseux Lake. Continue toward Oliver until you reach Tuc-el-Nuit Road. After a quick jog in Oliver, this becomes Black Sage Road—a nice rolling ride that takes you through the vineyards of the Golden Mile toward Osoyoos. After you pass Burrowing Owl on your left, you’ll turn on Road 22 and start heading north on Highway 97. Turn left on Road 7, then right on Sumac Street and follow it until you come to Fairview Road. After turning left, you’ll start a long climb up to the Okanagan highlands around White Lake and what we locals call “Area 51” (it’s the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory). From here, you’ll descend back to Highway 97 and take a much quieter detour through sleepy Kaleden. Then it’s a short sprint on Highway 97 back to Penticton and your starting point. Note: This route does have cattle guards!
The Grind 60 km • 860 m of ascent GenerAl SAfeTy noTeS
The Skinny This is a shorter route, but I’ve included
one of the classic climbs in the Okanagan: Giant’s Head. You start in lower Summerland and climb up to downtown, where you can tackle Giant’s Head if you choose (a little over 400 metres of climbing from the start point). From here, you head out on Prairie Valley Road and turn onto the Princeton–Summerland Road. This section has some rough pavement (or, as we lovingly refer to it, pavé), so keep alert. Your perseverance will be rewarded when you turn on Fish Lake Road. Fresh asphalt, quiet roads and great scenery await! Ride out to the turnaround point— Camp Boyle (the Boy Scout camp) and then head back to Summerland and the wineries of Bottleneck Drive. You’ll be riding past several of them (including Dirty Laundry, if you continue on Lewes Road) and a few cideries. After a descent down Gartrell Road you’ll cross Highway 97 to Trout Creek, where you can connect to the new bike path that parallels Highway 97 back to Lower Summerland.
Quieter Okanagan roads generally lack something in the way of regular maintenance. You can expect potholes and some rough pavement in many areas. If you’re riding in a group, make sure the lead rider is vigilant and points out hazards on the road. Also, some routes have cattle guards. I don’t recommend bunny-hopping over them—constant speed and a firmly held front wheel is my personal strategy. If it’s raining, use extra caution. Other than that—happy cycling!
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PAGE 26 Designers, Andrea McLean and Stella Boyland, Vancouver, theaviary.ca. Styling, Laura Melling, Vancouver, lauramelling.com. Herman Miller Sayl chairs, Flute personal light and Eames side chair with ash dowel leg, Monk Office Supply Limited, Victoria, monk.ca; Workplace Resource, Vancouver, wrcanada.com; Contemporary Office Interiors, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, coi .bz. Pothos plants, Bloom Room Botanical Gallery, Vancouver, 604-879-0275. Tables, shelves, rug and basket, Ikea, across the West, ikea.ca. Ikea cabinets with custom top, custom table, Lock and Mortice Build Co., Vancouver, lockandmortice.com. Milton and King Contact grid wallpaper, Milton and King, online, shop .miltonandking.com. Pencil cup, designer’s own.
Outdoor Furniture We Love
PAGE 28 Tera Gear patio set, Real Canadian Superstore, across the West, realcanadiansuperstore.com. Varaschin outdoor furniture, Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio.com. BoConcept oilcloth, BoConcept, Vancouver, boconcept-vancouver.ca. Blau Collection by Gandia Blasco, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. Vondom Marquis planters, Ginger Jar Furniture, North Vancouver, gingerjarfurniture.com. Gloster Sway stacking side chair, and Gloster Grid Line furniture, Brougham Interiors, Vancouver, brougham interiors.com; Golden Acre, Calgary, goldenacre.ca; Outdoor Rooms Without Walls, Edmonton, orww.ca.
PAGES 34-40 Designer, Robert Bailey, Robert Bailey Interiors, Vancouver, robertbaileyinteriors.ca. PAGES 34-35 DINING E15 dining table, Road by Roda chairs, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. Custom credenza, Moooi light fixture, Lightform, Vancouver, lightform.ca.
KITCHEN White kitchen cabinets, Barnett Interiors, Barnett Construction; barnetconstruction.ca. Mater wooden bar stools, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. White Caesarstone countertop, Colonial Countertops, Victoria, colonialcountertops.com; Paragon Surfacing, Vancouver, paragonsurfacing.com. Prandina light fixtures, Y Lighting, online, ylighting.com. PAGES 36 & 37 LIVING ROOM Riva 1920 side tables, Gervasoni cushions, Christian Liaigre soft tables and Flexform Mood lamp, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors .com. Jim Thompson fabric cushion, online, jimthompson fabrics.com. Custom Spinneybeck area table, Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio .com. POWDER ROOM Hakwood hardwood wall, BC Hardwood, Vancouver, bchardwood.com. Tress Foscarini light fixture, Lightform, across the West, lightform .ca. ENTRANCE HALL Custom white lacquer credenza, Robert Bailey Interiors, Vancouver, robertbaileyinteriors .ca. Grey vase, Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com. Painting, Tiko Kerr, tikokerr.com. Hakwood hardwood flooring, BC Hardwood, Vancouver, bchardwood.com; Bocci light fixture, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, inform interiors.com. PATIO Custom centre table, Robert Bailey Interiors, Vancouver, robertbaileyinteriors.ca. Spinneybeck Acqua leather seating, Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio.com. Bend Goods white metal chairs, Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com. PAGES 38 & 39 MASTER BEDROOM B&B Italia lounge chairs and side tables, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Custom bed and lamp, Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio.com. West Elm geometric bed cover, West Elm, Vancouver, westelm.com. Pillows, Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com. Footboard, Brent Comber, North Vancouver, brentcomber.com. Curtains, Jim Thompson, online, jimthompsonfabric.com. Rug, Colin Campbell, Vancouver, colcam.com. Porta Romana table lamp, Porta Romana, online, portaromana.com.
PAGE 40 BACKYARD Bend Goods white chairs: Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com. Fire fixture, Solus Décor, Vancouver, solusdecor.com.
Over the Edge
PAGES 42-46 Architects, Arnold Chan and Casey Burgess, Ply Architecture, Vancouver, plyarchitecture.com. Builder, Nicholas Hill, Ritchie Custom Homes, Penticton, ritchiecustomhomes.com. PAGES 42-43 EXTERIOR White Acapulco chairs, The Cross Design and Decor, Vancouver, thecrossdesign.com; Sage Furnishings, Edmonton, shop.sagefurnishings.ca; Hudson’s Bay, Calgary, thebay.com. PAGE 44 BEDROOM Camerich living bed frame, Domicile Contract Interiors, Calgary, 403-262-9780. Offecct Sweden white Bond easy chair, Spencer Interiors, Vancouver, spencer interiors.ca. BATHROOM Shower wall tile, Statuario marble tile, Stone Tile, Vancouver, stone-tile.com. Ikea shelving unit, Ikea, across the West, ikea.ca. Gree Ductless mini-split system air conditioner, corp.gree.net.
The coolest events
VANCOUVER ISLAND Tofino Food and Wine Festival June 2 to 4 Enjoy a weekend of fine dining and vino at this Tofino tradition. Mix and mingle at Grazing in the Gardens and savour canapés prepared by local chefs paired with B.C. wines (from more than 50-plus wineries) and island microbrews. tofinofoodand winefestival.com
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VANCOUVER Heritage House Tour June 4 Celebrate 15 years of the Heritage House Tour that gets you a sneak peek at the development of Shannon Estates, the finished renovation of the Mary Lee Chan House, along with more stunning restorations sprinkled throughout the city. vancouverheritage foundation.org
CALGARY 7th Annual Pig and Pinot Festival June 15 Come out and enjoy a fine selection of pinot wines and witness talented teams of chefs prepare delectable pork dishes in hopes of winning the coveted “Divine Swine” trophy. A silent auction and live music keep things lively—all in support of Calgary’s Meals on Wheels. eventbrite.ca
PAGE 82 Builder, Jure Krpan, Dakota Homes, Vancouver, dakotahomes.ca. Interior Designer, Tanya Krpan, Tanya Krpan Design Co., Vancouver, tanyakrpandesign.com. Fjord surface light, Cedar and Moss, Portland, OR, cedarandmoss.com. Millwork, Woody Millwork, Richmond, 604-231-9978. Porcelain Valamenco Grigio tile, C&S Tile, Burnaby, cstile.ceramstone.com. Vintage rug, The Cross Design and Decor, Vancouver, thecrossdesign .com. Arteriors Mara large pendant, Chintz and Co., Victoria, chintz.com; The Cross Decor and Design, Vancouver, thecrossdesign.com; Domaine Fine Furnishings and Design, Calgary, domainefurnishings.com; Bella Moda Home Furnishings, Winnipeg, bellamodahome.com.
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PAGE 46 KITCHEN Painting, Vaughn Neville of Hornby Island, vaughnneville.com. Slim Collection Viteo Austria table and chairs, Room 8, Vancouver, room8.ca. Stainless steel countertops; white and black countertops, Ritchie Custom Homes, Penticton, ritchiecustomhomes.ca. Wall tile, Statuario marble tile, Stone Tile, Vancouver, stone-tile.com.
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BOLD BULKHEAD It started off to fill a practical needâ€”to hide a last-minute change to the electrical workâ€”but the white-oak-veneer bulkhead above the statuariettomarble-topped island wound up being a design highlight in this Vancouver kitchen. â€œIt emphasizes the hits of warm colours elsewhere and blocks out the central region,â€? explains interior designer Tanya Krpan, who designed this masculine country-style kitchen with her builder husband, Jure. She chose oversized Arteriors pendant lights to balance out this eyecatching element (â€œThey add another dimension to the space,â€? she says), but the glass fi xtures keep sightlines clear (and reference the glass-doored china cabinets built into the bluegrey millwork). 8 2 J U N E 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca
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